The Aussie tradie's becoming an endangered species, with the number of people taking on apprenticeships down by almost 50% since 2012.
In 2016, there were 282,900 apprentices, who make up just 2.7% of Australia's total workforce.
Plenty are questioning why young people would even bother with a trade these days, given the weekly pay packet can be as little as $320.
Canberra's now facing calls to overhaul the system and get rid of the perceievd stigma surrounding TAFE study.
Triple M's Marto (who's a builder himself and has employed apprentices) has wondered whether the work is simply too hard.
Get across his perspective, and let us know what you reckon?